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Listen To Raiden Freeman's New Album 'Deep Farm 2'

Listen To Raiden Freeman's New Album 'Deep Farm 2'

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Nicola Sandford / Wednesday 9th August, 2023 10:39AM

"Just get on with the music" declares Raiden Freeman aka Jack Mells on Deep Farm 2, doing exactly that on the Te Whanganui-a-Tara musician / filmmaker's surprise sequel to his 2018 Prison Tapes record. Laid down at a rapid clip during the month of July, the fourteen track opus is intentionally a more upbeat affair than his previous two collections, yet no less reflective, soulful and philosophically razor sharp. Leaning into the artist's evident love for soaring guitar-pop anthems — try and deny the singalong power of 'Smart Boy', 'Stop Messing Me Around' and 'Good Enough' — surprises abound on DF2, leaping from tender piano ballad opener 'Preacher' into Prince / The Time homage 'If You Don't Want Me To' with the poise of an Olympic level gymnast.

Peppered with skit-like voice memos from special guests including Charlie Cryer, Daniel Smith, Dalyan Rangi-Dixon, Orson Welles (?) and Bankrupt Records CEO Asher Lee, Mells' enviable singing skills are the star of the show — rhyming "De Niro" with "Ben Shapiro" when few would dare, and asking "Do you ever feel like Mr Burns?" on 'Never Be Game Over'. Engaging with such on-point themes from "confusion about love... tall poppy syndrome, to the world viewed through autistic eyes, to the moon's gravity and quantum mechanics", you'd be a sucker to miss Raiden Freeman celebrating DF2's release at Whammy Backroom on 9th September, his first Tāmaki Makaurau event in five years (full disclosure: I'm also playing this show). Grip the details and hit play below...

Raiden Freeman, Power Nap, DalyanRD & Mapili
Saturday 9th September - Whammy Backroom

Tickets available HERE via UTR

'Deep Farm 2' is out today on major streaming platforms via Bankrupt Records.


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Raiden Freeman, Power Nap, Dalyanrd And Mapili
Sat 9th Sep 9:00pm
Whammy Backroom, Auckland